Clarke confident IPL-bound Oz players will get good security advice

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Melbourne, Feb.17 (ANI): Australian cricket vice-captain Michael Clarke is confident that his IPL-bound team-mates will receive good security advice from the cricket authorities.

A Pakistan militant with links to the al-Qaeda, Ilyas Kashmiri, has warned international athletes not to visit India for major sporting events like the hockey world cup, the third edition of the Indian Premier League and the Commonwealth Games.

"I don't know the exact detail on it, I only heard a few little bits about it this morning, but we're in pretty safe hands with Cricket Australia and the ACA (Australian Cricketers' Association) making those sorts of decisions," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Clarke, as saying.

"They have the people in place to make those sorts of major decisions. It's a big decision and with the experience we've already had touring places like that ... the rest of the guys will wait to see what the ACA and Cricket Australia come back with and make their own decision," he added.

Clarke said the security situation on the sub-continent did not influence his decision to miss the IPL.

"It had no impact on me not playing in the IPL, for me, obviously being in New Zealand only for a couple of weeks and with the Twenty20 World Cup, I saw it as another opportunity to give my body a couple more weeks off," he said.

"In this country, we're very lucky, we have the ACA and Cricket Australia, (who) look right into those decisions before they're made. All the players feel confident that the ACA and Cricket Australia will do that and then the individual players will make their decisions. There are a lot of places in the world you'd love to go (to) - if the people advising us to go say it's safe to go, then I'm certain the players will be over there," he said. (ANI)

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